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San Francisco Bay

a bay in W California: the harbor of San Francisco; connected with the Pacific by the Golden Gate strait. 50 miles (80 km) long; 3–12 miles (5–19 km) wide. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • San Francisco Bay is supposed to have been a valley some two hundred years ago, and if it dropped once it might again.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • Ayala was commissioned to survey the entire San Francisco Bay area, but was unable to complete the task because of illness.

  • Much has been said in disfavor of yachting in San Francisco Bay.

    In the Footprints of the Padres Charles Warren Stoddard
  • San Francisco Bay, the harbor the Franciscans named for their patron saint, is noted for its picturesque scenery.

    Stories of California Ella M. Sexton
  • It was built close to the railroad tracks, just across which was the dirty, muddy shore of San Francisco Bay.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • This ocean climate, due to the warm sea air, is enjoyed by the counties facing the coast and San Francisco Bay.

    Stories of California Ella M. Sexton
British Dictionary definitions for San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay

an inlet of the Pacific in W California, linked with the open sea by the Golden Gate strait. Length: about 80 km (50 miles). Greatest width: 19 km (12 miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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San Francisco Bay in Culture

San Francisco Bay definition

Located in northern California; entered from the Pacific Ocean through a strait called the Golden Gate.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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